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The Today File

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September 17, 2014 at 5:55 AM

4.0 magnitude earthquake rattles Puget Sound area early Wednesday

Updated at 12:55 p.m.

A 4.0 magnitude earthquake, the largest in Western Washington this year, shook the Puget Sound area early Wednesday.

The quake, centered under Hood Canal, started around 3 a.m. and only lasted a few seconds, said John Vidale, director of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network based at the University of Washington. The quake was centered near Seabeck, west of Bremerton.

Nearly 500 people filed reports about the quake on the U.S. Geological Survey’s “Did You Feel It?” website.

“The people who reported feeling it were all across Puget Sound,” Vidale said, adding that shaking was felt from Marysville to Olympia. “The shaking was perceived all over a big area, nowhere was it very strong.”

While this is the biggest quake to shake the region this year, a 4.0 magnitude earthquake does little damage, Vidale said. The depth of the quake was 10 miles.

“It woke me up because the alarms went off. Whenever there’s an earthquake beepers go off and we were up making sure all the reporting is done right,” Vidale said.

There were no reports of injuries Vidale said. Kitsap County emergency dispatch did not receive any reports of damage or injuries, according to the Associated Press.

In Ballard, the quake woke Kurt Schlosser. “It rolled through the headboard of my bed, down through my feet and then rattled the TV on the dresser on the other side of the room,” he said in an e-mail.

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